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A new report in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests that "cholesterol levels have improved slightly among American youth over the past two decades ... From 1988 to 2010, the rate of high total cholesterol dropped from 11 percent to 8 percent in children ages 6 to 19 ... The levels of LDL cholesterol - also called "bad" cholesterol - and fats in the blood also fell among adolescents over the study, which is based on nationally representative data on more than 16,000 youths."

However, the report also says that slightly lower cholesterol levels do not begin to compensate for the fact that "two-thirds of American adults and 15 percent of children are overweight or obese, and in some states the rate for children is above 30 percent."

The report is based on numbers generated by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
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